Texas Hill Country Update on Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly Eggs and Caterpillars with Tips on How to Find Them

Tips from the Llano River on how to find Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars plus a tour of the Texas Hill Country attest to the enduring resilience of native milkweed plants.… Read More

Monarch Caterpillars Have Supersized Appetites, Eat 200X their Weight in Milkweed Leaves

According to Monarch Watch, the citizen scientist program that monitors the Monarch butterfly migration and started the tagging program, monarch caterpillars consume 200x their birthweight in milkweed leaves in about a two-week period. Commercial butterfly breeders suggest that a single caterpillar can easily decimate an entire one-gallon milkweed plant–175 leaves per caterpillar. Of course, it depends on the milkweed you supply. Our native Texas milkweed, Antelope Horns, Asclepias asperula, is much heftier than the Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, found in nuseries right now–like a beef steak compared to lettuce. Yet, when the Monarchs are flying, any milkweed is better than none.
Sound impossible? Watch the video.
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Monarch Butterflies Arriving Soon from Mexico, But Who's Got Milkweed? Fortunately Some Local Nurseries Have It in Stock

Millions of Monarch butterflies are heading to Texas for Spring Break, but who’s got milkweed for them to host and nectar on? Fortunately, some local nurseries have “got milkweed” in stock.… Read More

Monarch Butterflies: Where's My Milkweed? NPSOT Program to Address Milkweed Shortage Tied to Brutal Winter

Where’s the milkweed? Monarch butterflies will be arriving soon and the Boerne chapter of NPSOT will stage a free milkweed workshop next Tuesday. Let’s get our gardens ready this spring and put out a welcome mat for migrating Monarch butterflies… Read More

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars and Eggs Can Be Just as Intriguing as the Butterflies

Monarch eggs, caterpillars and butterflies–oh my! Kids love to look for, find and observe the whole life cycle. Tips on where to find Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars as the great Monarch butterfly migration continues.… Read More

How to tell the Difference between Future Monarch Butterflies and Future Queen Butterflies, Part II

As mentioned in a previous post, one way to tell future Queen butterflies from Monarch butterflies-to-be is to observe them in the caterpillar stage.  Queens have three sets of antennae-like protuberances, while Monarchs have two. I say “antennae-like” because my … Read More

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